Competition Information


Competition Dates

Important dates for the 2015 Spring Fine Food Show:


Entries Open: Wednesday 1st June 2015

Entries Close: Wednesday 1st July 2015 

Delivery dates: Dates will vary depending on the Competition - please refer to the Spring Schedule

Judging Dates: Please refer to specific judging dates below -


Pasta          Wednesday 26th August 2015
Branded Lamb   Thursday 27th August 2015
Branded Beef  Friday 28th August 2015
Olive Oil      Tuesday 1st September 2015
Deli Meat  Thursday 3rd & Friday 4th September 2015
Regional Food Tuesday 8th & Wednesday 9th September 2015


The Schedule

The Schedule is the rule book that governs each Competition. It's essential reading!  


Click here to download a copy of the 2015 Summer Fine Food Show Schedule.


Click here to download a copy of the 2014 Spring Fine Food Show Schedule.


The Sydney Royal Fine Food Show Schedule tells you everything you need to know about the Fine Food Show. Available online as a PDF document, the Schedule lists entry fees, closing dates, delivery details, conditions of entry, Champion awards and much more. It is important that you read the Schedule carefully before entering any Fine Food Show.



What's New?

Highlights of the main changes for the Summer 2015 Competition include:

  • The Professional Bakery Schedule has undergone significant changes to reflect industry and consumer trends. Changes include a focus on artisan style breads, introduction of Viennoiserie Classes for pastry products and exciting new Classes for Apprentices/Students.
  • The Spring and Summer Aquaculture Competitions have now been amalgamated to create one overall Competition held during the Summer Show. Classes include Prawns, Oysters, Salmon & Trout, aswell as Fresh Fish and Barramundi - be sure to check out the new Schedule!
  • Judging of all Competitions will take place at a new venue  within Sydney Showground - The Stables. The Stables is the new home for Agriculture, and will hold all futural Fine food Shows and events, as well as Cheese & Dairy Competitions and Beer & Cider.
  • To register your interest in this Summer competition, please email you contact details to



Why should I enter?

The Sydney Royal Fine Food Show offers producers a chance to benchmark themselves against the industry. By entering, you will:

  • Receive assurance of independent assessment of your product by an esteemed panel of industry professionals;
  • Have a variety of perspectives and palates assessing your product;
  • Attain quality feedback: a breakdown of your score by each attribute (i.e. taste, flavour profile) and individual product comments for many classes;
  • Receive general class comments from the judges on how the class fared;
  • Be sent a full Results Catalogue post-judging to view all the results from every class and competition;
  • As a medallist, receive a certificate and a digital medal artwork file to use in your marketing collateral;
  • As a medallist, receive a medal marketing and promotion kit, to guide producers with tips and tricks of marketing their product;
  • Being a part of competition organised by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW, a 190-year old influential force in Australian agriculture.



Judges & Stewards

Judging panels of three to five Judges are constituted from a combination of the following:  

  • Manufacturers and technologists from industry
  • Product users
  • Product retailers
  • Chefs
  • Other specialist and industry judges


Names of individual Judges are not released prior to judging, however judges are detailed in the Results Catalogue prepared at the end of each Show.


Stewards play a valuable part in the judging of each Competition and ensure the day runs smoothly through the coordination and preparation of exhibits for Judges.    Stewarding is a fantastic way of learning more about the industry, Competitions and the judging process, with opportunities to develop into Associate Judge and Judge roles in the future.


The Sydney Royal Fine Food Show is continuously seeking to engage further with industry, develop relationships, and recruit new Judges and Stewards to join the team of highly skilled and expert Officials.  Please read and complete the following forms if you are interested in becoming a Judge/Steward:


Completed forms should be returned to the Fine Food Coordinator via email:, fax: 02 9704 1122 or via email to:

Royal Agircultural Society of NSW

Locked Bag 4317

Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127


After Review by the Chief Judge of each Competition, applicants will be contacted and invited to take part as positions arise.



Exhibitor Confirmation Packs

All Exhibitors are issued with an Exhibitor Confirmation Pack. This will be posted out four weeks prior to the Competition. The pack contains product labels, courier and postal labels, maps and delivery instructions. Exhibitors will be issued with an Exhibit Confirmation Advice, otherwise known as a bench slip, which indicates the Class(es) in which they have entered.


Delivery of Exhibits

A map showing where exhibits can be delivered will be posted out to all Exhibitors in their Confirmation Packs four to six weeks prior to the Competition.



Exhibitors in the Media - Tell us your story!

We are always looking for interesting stories from Exhibitors about your experiences as a competitior and why you choose to enter the Sydney Royal Fine Food Show.  Please take the time to tell us your story here and you could be contacted ny a member of the RAS Media and PR team for future media opportunities.



Terms & Conditions: Exhibitor Survey

For the terms and conditions of our Spring 2014 Exhibitor Survey, please click here.

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